Bob Saget: 'America's Funniest Home Videos' Was the "Beginning of YouTube"

Bob Saget Portrait - P 2014
Natalie Brasington

Bob Saget Portrait - P 2014

The 'Full House' actor hosted the show from 1989 to 1997.

Bob Saget attended the South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas in mid-March and told audiences that America's Funniest Home Videos (AFHV) "was the beginning of YouTube."

In a Q&A talk at the Above Average Talent Show benefiting The Ally Coalition, Saget told The Huffington Post that AFHV, which he previously hosted from 1989 to 1997, paved the way for YouTube. "It certainly [did]. And it was bizarre, because I didn't even know what was going on when I did it."

The Full House veteran said he underestimated the power of home videos.

"I did the [AFHV] pilot," said Saget, "and then it beat a rerun of 60 Minutes and they picked up 13 [episodes]. We got, like, a 35 share, something crazy like that, because there was no cable."

AFHV is now in its 25th season and currently hosted by Dancing With the Stars co-host Tom Bergeron.

March 22, 1:22 p.m. A previous version of this story misstated the span of years during which Saget was the host of AFHV. It also incorrectly identified the current season as its 26th.